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Malabar Clouds…

by on Sep.02, 2012, under Life, Photography

Headed to Malabar (South Maroubra) on the weekend for a very early morning shoot on the coast with Gerry and Mj. Sunrise was at 6:20AM and it was a 30 minute walk through the scrubby bushland along the clifftops to our destination so we needed to meetup at 5:20AM.

When we arrived there was a very cool bunker built right on the clifftop which had some interesting graffiti on it, we also got a little cloud action and some nice colour in the sky but most of the more interesting cloud was over the land and came after sunrise.

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Eye on the edge of Nowhere (about ten minutes before sunrise)

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 14 mm, 10 sec at f/16, ISO 100

Smoke Signals (a few minutes after sunrise)

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 14 mm, 1/2 sec at f/11, ISO 100

It was then Bigstopper action time…

Stop the Ocean (25 minutes after sunrise)

NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 14 mm, 210 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

then since Gerry and I have screw in 10 stop ND filters with all the lee filter gear screwed in front of that we started doing guess the composition, grad setting and exposure when we moved our cameras around for various different bigstopper compositions by “feel”

which resulted in what is probably my personal favourite of the morning…


NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 13 mm, 150 sec at f/9, ISO 100



NIKON D7000 + 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0 @ 13 mm, 283 sec at f/13, ISO 100

On the way back out along the coastline Gerry and I checked out another graffiti laden bunker inland as well as trying some quick run and gun macro and floral landscape work (now that we could actually see what was there during the daytime – when we came in it was pitch dark :)) – there was a huge abundance of native flowers out all along the coastal scrub – I’ll post a couple pics later.

The coastline was very nice and I’d like to return in better conditions to try some landscape compositions with all the flowering flora…

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